Cannoncini all Crema Pasticcera

Cannoncini alla Crema Pasticcera (Pastry Horns with Italian Pastry Cream) - Buttery, flaky puff pastry sprinkled with sanding sugar and filled with creamy, vanilla bean Italian pastry cream.  An easy recipe for delicious Italian Pastries. ...more

Things a Monkey Could Cook: Cream Puffs

Well here’s a time-honored classic that doesn’t last long in our house—even if I’m the only one there. It’s that pastry cream which so reminds me of my childhood and subsequently tempts me to abandon all thought of balanced nutrition until every last one of those tasty treats is gone…....more

I haven't made cream puffs in years! And I can't wait to try this recipe out!more

Things a Monkey Could Cook: Chocolate Cream Pie

Well, last weekend my son turned thirty, and if you multiply that number by two, times several other major occasions, you’ll have the approximate number of pies I’ve cranked out A.C.—that is, After Children. Now that I think about it, this may actually be the most difficult recipe in my cookbook, since it requires stepping into the intimidating waters of making piecrust....more

Ahem de la creme: crepe cake

I’ve just done away with four hours of my life, having spent them almost exclusively in my kitchen. Once upon a time I'd have considered that a grand waste of time, but these days I've decided that's ok. Nice, even. Part of me thinks I’d be content doing this cooking/baking stuff all day long. Still, it seems I have a knack for inserting myself into kitchen situations that are beyond my comfort level, where the learning curve appears (at least at first) neck-breakingly steep and time consuming. But isn't that often what the kitchen experience is all about, anyway? ...more